These 10 books are perfect to read during spring break, vacations, or even just on a Friday night after a long week at work. Enjoy these great books to read this spring!
Over the next three months, I am going to be doing more than my share of traveling between SNAP conference, my little sister’s graduation, and our annual trip to Tampa, Florida. And for me, traveling means plenty of time for reading! These 10 books are perfect for an airplane ride, train ride, road trip, or even just to add to your beach vacation packing list. I haven’t read any of these books yet, so I’ll be enjoying them right along with you! As I read them, I’ll come back and add in my own personal opinions. What would you add to this list?
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10 Books to Read This Spring
The first two sentences in the Amazon description — In love we find out who we we want to be. In war we find out who we are. — were enough to get me to add this book to ebook reader. A historical fiction set during WWII, this is one the highest rated books on GoodReads from 2015, and I can’t wait to dive into it. I haven’t read much historical fiction since Cleopatra’s Daughter and my other favorite Michelle Moran books, so I’m excited to jump back into the genre.
Update: I read this and it’s one of the best books I’ve read in a while. I was captivated from the first few pages until the very end. I highly recommend!
So apparently this is one of the most beloved books of all time and I’d never heard of it until I was searching for new books to read before my trip to Napa in January. It’s full of family drama, dark passions, and forbidden love in the Australian outback according to Amazon’s blurb. And with 4.5 stars for over 700 reviews, I’m sure it’ll be a great one!
Named one of the best books of 2013 by Entertainment Weekly (I know I’m a couple of years late), this is one of the books I’m most excited about. I love Jodi Picoult and this sounds like her cup of tea. The book is about the ultimate test of devotion as a district attorney defends his teenage son who is accused of stabbing another boy to death in their quiet town.
After her husband dies, Cecelia reads a letter her husband wrote to her to be read after his death. A letter that although written for her probably never should have been read. A letter that contains her husband’s deepest, darkest secrets and could destroy everything she knows. Ready to read it yet?
Update: I read this and it was great, although to be honest I felt that it was a bit predictable in regard to what the husband’s secret actually was. I thought the characters were well developed and the ending had me wondering, holy cow what would I do if I were her? Or her?
This is one of those novels that promises to change the way you look at life and death. Or at least to get you thinking. Lex’s brother Tyler committed suicide but before doing so, sent her a text that could change everything about her brother’s death. If you liked books like If I Stay, you’ll probably like this one.
Update: I read this and enjoyed it but it wasn’t the best YA novel I’ve read this month. I thought parts of it were predictable for instance the reason she broke up with her boyfriend and why she was feeling the way she did. It reminded me of another book I’ve read, or maybe a movie I’ve seen, so it wasn’t particular new or groundbreaking.
If you haven’t read The Selection Series by Kiera Cass, read my review and start there. The Crown is the next book in the installment and one I’ve been waiting for since I finished The Heir two days after it came out. They’re fun, witty, and a mix of survival meets The Bachelor.
Update: Out of all of the books in this five book series, this was my least favorite. I had to go back and re-read a good portion of The Heir to remember what was going on and once I’d figured it out, I was a little disappointed by it overall. Unlike her other books, this was felt almost like a cop out easy ending that didn’t really seem realistic.
I already mentioned that I love Jodi Picoult. I used to read her books all the time but you just can’t read too many at once without needing a little Divergent or Twilight mixed in. So I took a pretty long break but am finally ready to get back into the fantastic writing, heavy subjects, and amazing characters Jodi brings to life. The Storyteller seems like a great place to start for me. If you want somewhere to start, read My Sister’s Keeper, still my favorite Jodi Picoult book ever.
It’s time to add a little young adult lit to the list. This book is explained as a combination of The Fault In Our Stars and Eleanor and Park and came highly recommended by my friends Heidi and Rebecca. Just be prepared with some good fluffy chick lit after you read it because I’ve heard it deals with some depressing topics, in case you didn’t get that by the whole The Fault in Our Stars thing. And with the movie currently being made, there couldn’t be a better time to read the book!
Update: Loved this book. It’s a young adult angst novel at its best and while it’s about a depressing topic, it’s written in a way that helps you understand things a little better AND helps you understand the importance of good friends and a support system.
This is another final installment in a series books. Start with Angels Walking and move forward from there. I was SO mad when I finished the first two and realized Karen hadn’t yet finished the third. Karen Kingsbury’s books are unlike any Christian novels I’ve ever read before. She doesn’t shy away from conflict, challenges, and real life. She embraces it with a Christian slant that seems so natural and real, definitely one of my favorite authors. The Angels Walking series is great but if you really want to start with her best, start with Redemption. It’s one of my favorites.
Update: So disappointed in this one. While I loved the first two, this was just seemed almost like a step by step path to a happy ending. Predictable and not my favorite ending unfortunately.
This list is filled with enough drama, controversy, and difficult subjects, so it only makes sense to end it with a cozy, heart-lifting novel from Jenny Colgan. It also doesn’t hurt that the main character starts a bakery in a beachside town, something I could only dream about doing someday. Little Beach Street Bakery has over 4,000 4+ star reviews on 200 on Amazon, enough to make it worth picking up in my book. I’ll likely read it while sitting on the beach in Anna Maria island next week!
If you don’t want to buy all of these books now, make sure to pin the image below to come back to the list for the next book later! Looking for more book recommendations? Check out these great book lists:
- 30 of the best young adult books to read if you loved Divergent
- 15 Books to Read in 2015
- Books to read if you love romantic comedies
- The Best Books Rebecca Read in 2015